**For Immediate Release**
Dinner and a Show
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 04-03-2008
By Sara Jane Richter
Goodwell, Okla. -- Did you know that Shakespeare is supporting the work of the OPSU Centennial Committee? Well, in a roundabout way Shakespeare is supporting the work of the OPSU Centennial Committee. The campus spring dramatic production—I Hate Hamlet by Paul Rudnick—debuts Friday, April 18 with a pre-show evening meal. Proceeds of the dinner/theater experience benefit the committee and its planned projects. A ticket for the dinner and the show costs $25, $40 for couples. Tickets for the dinner and the show are limited to 50 persons.
Of course, one does not need a dinner ticket to attend and enjoy the show. Individual show tickets are $6 for non-OPSU students; OPSU students with their ID pay $2 at the door. The show runs from April 18 through 21, each night beginning at 7:30 and the Sunday matinee at 3:00.
The evening’s dinner fare prepared and served buffet style by Sodexho in the Student Union ballroom will be the diner’s choice of chicken or beef and assorted vegetables and desserts. The dinner’s theme and décor will relate to the Bard himself. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. with the play beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Strong Hall Auditorium.
The show is a comedy in two-acts and concerns a struggling actor cast as Hamlet who has grave misgivings about assuming the demanding role. His flaky girlfriend, flakier realtor, and mismatched agents contribute to his qualms about the classic Shakespearean play. Then, John Barrymore, the great stage and screen iconic actor, comes to his rescue. Well, Barrymore’s ghost comes to the rescue. It seems that actors cast as Hamlet can call on classic Hamlet actors to help them prepare for this most difficult role.
The production, directed by Tito Aznar, features OPSU students and staff. James Guthrie is the struggling actor Andrew Rally; Emily Dye portrays Diedre, the girlfriend. Season Mattocks plays the eccentric realtor Felisha Dantine, and the roles of the manipulative theatrical agents are filled by Andrew Walker and Sara Jane Richter. Patrick Lofton has the role of Barrymore’s ghost.
Come to OPSU and enjoy a fun-filled opening night with a delicious dinner and a delightful stage production and help support the celebration of OPSU’s Centennial. For tickets and additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or call 580.349.1418.